Fulham player ratings from 1-0 defeat to Manchester United – Calvin Bassey stands out as Whites undone by late Bruno Fernandes goal

Fulham fell to a late home defeat against Manchester United on Saturday courtesy of a late Bruno Fernandes goal.

The Whites more than matched Erik ten Hag’s struggling side throughout but were ultimately undone by a series of errors that led to Fernandes’ 91st-minute strike.

Here are Dan Evans’ player ratings from Craven Cottage.

Bernd Leno – 6

Dealt comfortably with every shot that came his way until Fernandes’ effort in the first minute of second-half injury time. He was unsighted as the United midfielder shot but will feel he could have palmed the attempt around the post.

Timothy Castagne – 7

Another performance in which the summer signing from Leicester rarely put a foot wrong. Contained Alejandro Garnacho with relative ease for much of the game and also got forward effectively to combine with Harry Wilson on the right flank.

Calvin Bassey – 7

Perhaps the centre-back’s most composed showing in a Fulham shirt. Was largely untroubled by a toothless Man United attack but won his headers when he needed to and was on hand to make a couple of blocks. Gave away the ball once or twice in dangerous areas but was never likely to be punished for it in the way he was at Tottenham.

Tim Ream – 6

Dealt well with the physical test provided by Rasmus Hojlund and was on hand to head clear more than one set-piece on the sporadic occasions United looked to threaten. Was ultimately one of those not able to clear his lines in the closing stages in the build-up to Fernandes’ winner though.

Antonee Robinson – 6

Rarely troubled by Antony and stretched his legs on a couple of occasions to bomb forward. Was guilty of over-playing a couple of times though, which was unnecessarily problematic when near his own goal.

Andreas Pereira – 6

Played his part out of possession with plenty of determined closing down but was another who did not make the most of excursions into the penalty area. Guilty of trying to force attacking moves early in the second half and missed the target with his passes more than once.

Joao Palhinha – 6

As reliable as ever whenever Fulham lost the ball, once again finishing a game having made more tackles than any other player on the pitch (five). However, he missed a good second-half chance to give Fulham the lead and gave the ball straight to Fernandes for United’s late winner.

Alex Iwobi – 6

Showed glimpses of why he might excel in a central midfield role with a couple of dangerous dribbles from his own half. Was unable to make the most of possession when he had it in and around the opposition penalty area though.

Harry Wilson – 7

Was only involved in patches but came so close to being the matchwinner for Fulham. Had Andre Onana at full-stretch with a lovely effort midway through the second half and also led a counterattack which Willian should have made more from.

Willian – 6

Fulham’s brightest attacking threat in the first half but faded after the break. Was often the man in the position to play the final pass or take a shot at goal at the end of counter-attacks but failed to make the most of those opportunities. Played one brilliant ball towards Wilson that was well cleared by Diogo Dalot.

Rodrgio Muniz – 6

Put himself about well in his first Premier League start of the season, winning six aerial duels. Lacked quality on the ball when he was found by a team-mate though, and looked to be in discomfort as he was replaced by Carlos Vinicius in the 76th minute, which may mean he is now at the back of the queue for the role as regular number nine.


Carlos Vinicius – 6

Failed to impact the game after replacing Muniz.

Sasa Lukic – 6

Was similarly quiet after replacing Willian

Bobby De Cordova-Reid – NA

Raul Jimenez – NA

Tom Cairney – NA

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